The Transportation Prescription: Bold New Ideas for Healthy, Equitable Transportation Reform

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Provides key policy and program recommendations that can improve health outcomes in vulnerable communities, create economic opportunity, and enhance environmental quality.

Bringing Home the Green Recovery: A User's Guide to the 2009 America Recovery and Reinvestment Act

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This report, produced with Green for All, offers tangible, up-to-date information and ideas for using and securing recovery dollars to help expand opportunity in low-income communities and communities of color. The guide is a first step in what will be a vital nationwide effort to ensure the recovery package helps all communities rise stronger than ever from this economic crisis, and that community-based organizations are at the forefront in crafting a green, equitable recovery.

Foreclosed Properties - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Use this tool to steer neighborhoods back to sustainable recovery after foreclosure processes are well underway. (2009)

All Aboard! Making Equity and Inclusion Central to Federal Transportation Policy

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Provides a framework of principles, describes the work and ideas of key players, and captures the important policy solutions that should be included in the upcoming federal authorization legislation.

Understanding Climate Change: An Equitable Framework

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Reports information that contributes to a deeper understanding of climate change issues, considers the equity consequences and implications associated with global warming, and provides resource guides that identify additional sources of information.

Promoting Healthy Public Policy through Community-Based Participatory Research: Ten Case Studies

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This document explores 10 case studies of diverse community-based participatory research (CBPR) partnerships around the United States that have in common a commitment to foster healthy public policy. These case studies offer a window into the world of community, health department, and academic partnerships throughout the nation that are working to change policy to improve community health, reduce disparities, and foster equity. The report draws on data from dozens of in-depth interviews with partnership members, community focus groups, and policymakers.

To Be Strong Again: Renewing the Promise in Smaller Industrial Cities

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The report offers a vision and an action agenda for ensuring that smaller industrial cities take their rightful places within America's diverse and healthy metropolitan regions.

Breathing Easy from Home to School: Fighting the Environmental Triggers of Childhood Asthma

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Offers a blueprint for what we all can do to make our children’s air safer and healthier; provides policy recommendations and effective strategies for reducing community factors that contribute to asthma development and that spark asthma attacks.

Transforming Community Development with Land Information Systems

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Describes how pioneering organizations and partnerships are turning robust, integrated parcel data systems into powerful tools for guiding community change, such as monitoring and preserving affordable housing and planning commercial district revitalization.

Regional Equity and the Quest for Full Inclusion

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This framing paper, introduced at "Regional Equity 08: The Third National Summit on Equitable Development, Social Justice, and Smart Growth," during a conference hosted by PolicyLink in New Orleans examines the history of equity in America and how national and global forces are creating unique challenges and opportunities. It concludes with a vision of the future characterized by shared economic prosperity and true participatory democracy, one where everyone including people of color and residents of low-income communities can contribute and benefit.

Delivering Equitable Development to a Recovering Louisiana: A State Policy Guide for 2008 and Beyond

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This report takes a thorough look at the following four principles: the integration of strategies that support people while improving places; the reduction of disparities between neighborhoods, localities, and across regions; promotion of double bottom line investments that offer financial return to investors and economic and social benefits to residents; and full and meaningful community voice, participation, and leadership. It illustrates how these principles can positively impact the rebuilding and recovery efforts throughout the state of Louisiana.

Transit Oriented Development - Equitable Development Toolkit

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How to implement TOD -- compact, mixed-use, pedestrian-oriented communities located around new or existing public transit stations -- in a way that achieves equity goals. (2008)

Delivering on the Promise of Inclusionary Housing: Best Practices in Administration and Monitoring

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Outlines several of the most common tasks associated with ongoing administration of inclusionary housing programs and describes some of the common approaches to staffing and paying for implementation.

Voices from Forgotten Cities: Innovative Revitalization Coalitions in America's Older Small Cities

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Provides a thematic summary of MIT’s Forgotten Cities seminars and a framework and analysis that arose from the discussions about daunting economic challenges faced by smaller industrial cities and the promise they hold.

Building a Better New Orleans: Hope Needs Help

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Highlights tremendous strides made by New Orleans' most vulnerable people after Hurricanes Rita and Katrina and also calls on the federal government, the private sector, and the public to do more to create a truly vibrant and equitable city.

Connecting Working Families to Economic Opportunities in the Philadelphia Region: The Role of Employers

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Describes barriers to economic success faced by working families and puts forth strategies that employers, government, and the nonprofit sector can use to overcome these barriers with a focus on programs for job training, housing, transportation, and community revitalization partnerships.

Grow Newark: Building Newark's Economy by Investing in Minority and Women-Owned Small Businesses

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Examines the challenges facing women- and minority-owned businesses in Newark, NJ, and provides recommendations based on best practices that have been proven successful in other cities.

Brownfields - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Encourage redevelopment of brownfields (abandoned, idled, or underutilized commercial or industrial sites). (2007)

Affordable Housing - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Based on a workshop, this is an umbrella tool that introduces advocates to affordable housing strategies and helps them match their goals with appropriate tools. (2007)

Expanding Opportunity: New Resources to Meet California's Housing Needs

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makes the case for a dedicated source of funding for California’s housing trust fund and provides a menu of viable options. The report draws from interviews with over 50 key experts in state housing policy, industry, tax, and budget issues. It presents an in-depth economic analysis and surveys best practices of housing trust funds across the nation to show how such funding can stabilize affordable housing opportunities across the state’s diverse communities.

Advocating for Equitable Development

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Provides a manual for advocates who are interested in building and applying skills to achieve economic and social equity.

Community-Based Strategies for Improving Latino Health

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Reviews common barriers to improved health among various Latino populations, including neighborhood issues, language conflict, and changing diet, and explores promising policy options and successful community-based efforts.

Increasing Housing Opportunity in New York City

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Makes recommendations for using inclusionary zoning (IZ) in New York City by drawing on success stories nationwide, identifying five New York neighborhoods currently slated for rezoning, and showing how IZ can increase affordable housing in those communities and whenever city neighborhoods are rezoned.

The Influence of Community Factors on Health: An Annotated Bibliography

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Developed by PolicyLink, and funded by The California Endowment, this annotated bibliography contains more than 150 entries of research on how community factors affect health. This resource provides insight into the ways that researchers have investigated community effects on health, their findings, and the program and policy implications that researchers have drawn from their work. (html and print publication)

CDCs with Resident Shareholders - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Offers low-income residents the opportunity to own equity in real estate projects spearheaded by community development corporations (CDCs). (2004)

Code Enforcement - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Can be an important tool for protecting tenants. (2004)

Commercial Linkage Strategies - Equitable Development Toolkit

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A range of programs and fees that tie economic development to the construction of affordable housing. (2004)

Community Land Trusts - Equitable Development Toolkit

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This alternative property ownership model encourages permanent affordability and wealth-building. (2004)

Community Mapping - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Mapping can be used to advocate for community benefits, convey development opportunities, track vacant properties, and more. (2004)

Community Reinvestment Act - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Congressional mandate that financial institutions help meet credit needs of the communities in which they operate, including low- and moderate-income neighborhoods. (2004)

Cooperative Ownership Models - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Co-op models targeted to low- income residents can offer financial benefits, business skills, and experience in running a democratically- controlled enterprise. (2004)

Developers Exactions - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Requires new commercial developments to contribute fees to the development of affordable housing, community services and infrastructure. (2004)

Employer-Assisted Housing - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Most EAH programs help employees purchase homes—often near their workplace. They can provide rental assistance or increase the housing in the surrounding community affordable for an employer's workers. (2004)

Expiring Use: Retention of Subsidized Housing - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Preserve affordable rental units by protecting subsidized housing units with expiring contracts. (2004)

Housing Trust Funds - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Public funds, established by legislation, ordinance or resolution, to receive specific revenues dedicated to affordable housing development. (2004)

Inclusionary Zoning - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Land use regulation mandating a percentage (usually 15-20%) of the housing units in all larger projects be affordable to people of low and moderate incomes. (2003)

Infill Incentives - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Infill incentives can produce new housing units, reduce blight, preserve open space, reduce traffic, and encourage retail development that serves the needs of existing residents. (2004)

Just Cause Eviction Controls - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Implement these laws to protect renters against being unfairly evicted by landlords who want to capitalize on the explosive rental and housing markets. (2004)

Living Wage Provisions - Equitable Development Toolkit

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Ordinances that ensure the employees of public contractors, private contractors receiving public sector funding, and public employees are paid wages at pace with regional cost of living measures. (2004)

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